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Stars of the Week Week of January 16, 2017sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Michael Zuffante - Minnesota Wilderness

Michael Zuffante

The Minnesota Wilderness moved into 2nd place in the Central Division thanks to taking three of four points in their road series in Aberdeen over the weekend. Forward and leading scorer Michael Zuffante, 18, had a good weekend for his team as he produced four points (all assists) and a +3 rating in the two games. On Friday, the native of Bloomingdale, Illinois, assisted on all three Minnesota goals in a 3-1 win. On Saturday, he picked up another assist in a 4-3 shootout loss. In 32 games played this season, Zuffante (5’9/175) leads the Wilderness with 32 points. “Mike certainly rose to the occasion this weekend against a very good Aberdeen team. He produced offensively, but more importantly, he played responsible, two-way hockey,” said Wilderness head coach Tim Madsen.

2nd Star: Severi Isokangas, G, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Andy Carroll, D, Aberdeen Wings - Jesse Farabee, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Tyler Jeanson, F, Minot Minotauros – Gage Mackie, F, Aberdeen Wings – Matej Murin, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Austin Park, G, Minot Minotauros

 

East Star of the Week: Joe Schuler - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Joe Schuler

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton forward Joe Schuler, 20, led his team to a weekend home sweep of the Fairbanks Ice Dogs, which pushed the Knights winning streak to four straight games and moved the team over the .500 mark. The native of Webster, New York, had four points (2 goals, 2 assists) and was a +4 in the two wins.  In each of the wins on Friday and Saturday, Schuler (5’9/170) had a goal and an assist in both games. In 22 games played, Schuler has eight points this season with half of those coming in the latest series against Fairbanks. “Joe has been one of our most consistent players since the holiday break. He a big reason we have won six out of seven games we have played since Christmas. Joe plays with confidence and has really solidified his spot in the line up as one of our top forwards.  His hard work and his veteran experience on the ice will play a big part in our team success throughout the rest of our season,” said Knights head coach Tom Kowal.

2nd Star: Drew Blackmun, F, Aston Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Gvido Jansons, D, Aston Rebels – Vince Marino, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Cullen Munson - Janesville Jets

Cullen Munson

Thanks to a weekend sweep in Brookings against the Blizzard and a road win earlier in the week against Coulee Region, the 1st place Janesville Jets extending their winning streak to five straight games and widened their lead in the Midwest Division. Second-year forward Cullen Munson had his best week of his season as the native of Edina, Minnesota, had nine points (5 goals, 4 assists) and a +5 rating in the three wins. On Thursday, the 20-year-old had two goals and an assist in a 6-2 win in Coulee Region. On Friday, Munson (5’11/180) had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 win in Brookings and on Saturday, he had two goals and two assists in a 7-3 win against the Blizzard. In 33 games played this season, Munson has 38 points. “Cullen has been a key piece to our team this season. He has a non-stop work ethic in all three zones that has been contagious to our room. He is going to play just as hard without the puck as he does with the puck. That, his skill, and his ability to create offense, is what has made him such a threat this year. Someone at the NCAA Division I level is going to get a great addition on and off the ice to their program,” said Jets head coach Joe Dibble.

2nd Star: Steven Quagliata, D, Coulee Region Chill

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Peter Bates, F, Janesville Jets – Connor Chilton, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Billy Duma, F, Coulee Region Chill – Ivan Prosvetov, G, Minnesota Magicians – Tanner Tweten, F, Minnesota Magicians

 

South Star of the Week: Kieran Durgan - Shreveport Mudbugs

Kieran Durgan

The Shreveport Mudbugs continued their climb up the South Division standings thanks to a three-game weekend home sweep of Topeka, which ran their winning streak to six straight games. 19-year-old forward Kieran Durgan (6’1/190) had a big weekend as the native of St. John’s, Michigan, rattled off six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in the three wins. Durgan recorded at least a point in all three wins, which included a goal in Thursday’s 3-1 win. It also included two assists in Friday’s 3-1 win and a goal and two assists in Saturday’s 7-2 win. For the season, Durgan has 28 points in 34 games played. “Kieran has been a very reliable three zone player for us all season. He has also brought experience, presence and great leadership to our dressing room. He continues to work for his offense and it is nice to see him get rewarded,” said Mudbugs head coach Karlis Zirnis.

2nd Star: Austin O’Rourke, F, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brandon Bussi, G, Amarillo Bulls – Ben Churchfield, G, Topeka RoadRunners – Jonny Hogue, G, Odessa Jackalopes – Larry Jungwirth, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Griffin Loughran, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – John Roberts, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Will Schlagenhauf, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Brendan Walkom, F, Amarillo Bulls – Nick Wilson, D, Odessa Jackalopes

 

Stars of the Week Week of January 9, 2017sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Kevin Fitzgerald - Aberdeen Wings

Kevin Fitzgerald

Aberdeen Wings forward Kevin Fitzgerald, 20, continued his hot play as he helped the Wings pick up a split of their weekend games. During the week, the native of Hinsdale, Illinois totaled five points (2 goals, 3 assists) and a +2 rating in two games. On Friday, Fitzgerald (6’0/180) had a goal and three assists in a 7-2 win over Bismarck. On Saturday, he added a goal in a 4-2 loss to Austin. Fitzgerald leads the Wings in scoring this season with 30 points in 32 games played. “Kevin has been a key component to our line-up. His skill level and work ethic make him a threat every night. Someone at the NCAA Division I level will get a very good player and even better person,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Justin Misiak, F, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nick Alexander, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Tristan Ashbrook, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Cam Babiak, D, Brookings Blizzard – Cade Borchardt, F, Brookings Blizzard – Lucas Murray, G, Minot Minotauros – Jon Richards, F, Austin Bruins – Michael Talbot, F, Minot Minotauros

 

East Star of the Week: Jack Leavy - Aston Rebels

Jack Leavy

With regular netminder Mareks Mitens returning from the World Junior Championships after a rigorous schedule playing for Team Latvia, it was up to Rebels goalie Jack Leavy, 19, to start this weekend in a home series against Fairbanks. The 6’5/205 lbs. native of Birmingham, Michigan, answered the call and then some as he allowed just two goals all weekend as the Rebels completed a sweep. Leavy faced 52 shots and made 50 saves in the two games, which also included a 26-save shutout on Friday, his second shutout of the season. For the season, Leavy has an outstanding 7-1-0 record. “Jack has been outstanding all year when called upon. He was called on this weekend and played very well. We know now we have two goalies that can be counted upon,” said Aston head coach Joe Coombs.

2nd Star: Matt Kidney, forward, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Daniil Bokun, D, Johnstown Tomhawks – Hayden Rowan, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Keenan Sabatini, D, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Evgeny Yakovlev, F, Aston Rebels

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Cole Paskus - Janesville Jets

Cole Paskus

Janesville Jets forward Cole Paskus, 19, helped his team to a weekend home sweep of the Coulee Region Chill, putting up some big offensive numbers. The 6’0/185 lbs. native of Madison, Wisconsin, had six points during the weekend, which included four goals and two assists. In both games, Paskus scored twice and recorded an assist, which included the game-winning goal in Friday night’s 5-3 win. For the season, the UMass-Lowell recruit has 33 points in 32 games played. “Cole and his linemates stepped up for us at a key time. We had a few veteran guys out of our lineup due to injuries and Cole was essential in setting the tone for our team both nights. Cole showed why he's a NCAA Division I hockey player. He made big plays in important situations Friday and Saturday. His line gave us the opportunity to win both nights,” said Jets head coach Joe Dibble.

2nd Star: Michael Maloney, F, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jake Acton, G, Minnesota Magicians – Lucas Carroll, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Matt Cassidy, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Kevin Dineen, F, Coulee Region Chill – Bill Duma, F, Coulee Region Chill – Jon Marzec, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Max Nylander, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – John Siebenaler, F, Minnesota Magicians

 

South Star of the Week: Pete Kessel - Lone Star Brahmas

Pete Kessel

It was quite the weekend for Lone Star Brahmas forward Pete Kessel. The 20-year-old native of Detroit, Michigan, began the weekend with an NCAA Division I commitment to Holy Cross. He then followed that up with an unreal performance in two road wins in Topeka as Kessel (6’2/200) recorded five goals and a +4 rating in two victories. That included the game-winning goals both nights and a hat-trick in Friday’s 4-2 win. For the season, Kessel leads the Brahmas in scoring with 35 points in 35 games played. “Pete has been a leader for us all year on and off the ice and has been a difference maker. With his recent NCAA Division I commitment, instead of being satisfied, he wanted to take his game to the next level and that's what he tried to accomplish in Topeka and he did just that. Now he is getting ready to help lead the team in three big games this weekend,” said Brahmas assistant coach Al Rooney.

2nd Star: Dylan Lubbesmeyer, G, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Luke Edgerton, F, Amarillo Bulls – Peyton Frantti, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Steven Ipri, F, Amarillo Bulls – Austin Kamer, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Frankie Melton, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Will Schlagenhauf, F, Topeka RoadRunners

 

Stars of the Week Week of January 2, 2017sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Forbes Ploszaj - Aberdeen Wings

Forbes Ploszaj

The Wings resurgence and climb up the Central Division standings can be linked to the addition of veteran junior goalie Forbes Ploszaj. The 20-year-old from Gilbert, Arizona, provided another example of that this past weekend as the Wings swept a home-and-home series against the Brookings Blizzard. Ploszaj faced a total of 62 shots and made 57 saves in the two wins, which included 24 saves in a 4-3 overtime win in Brookings on Friday and 33 saves in a 3-2 home win on Saturday. In nine games with the Wings since late October, Ploszaj (6’1/185) has a 6-3-0 record. “Forbes has been a great addition to the Wings. His success comes from his pro like approach and putting in the work needed each and every day,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Tyler Jeanson, F, Minot Minotauros

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): AJ Drobot, F, Austin Bruins – Kevin Fitzgerald, F, Aberdeen Wings – Derek Frentz, F, Minot Minotauros – Cooper Haar, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Dylan Mills, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Jared Resseguie, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Louis Roehl, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Alex Schilling, G, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: Drew Hotte - Johnstown Tomahawks

Drew Hotte

Johnstown Tomahawks goalie Drew Hotte, 20, was nearly perfect this weekend as he helped Johnstown to a weekend home sweep of Fairbanks, which ran the Tomahawks current winning streak to 8 straight games. The 6’1/185 lbs. native of Gwynedd, Pennsylvania, stopped 58 of a possible 59 shots this weekend, which also included a 3-0 shutout on Saturday, where Hotte stopped all 32 shots. Hotte has not lost a game since November 19th, winning six straight appearances. “We came off a very long holiday break, so getting the performance we did from Drew was outstanding. We were fortunate to find some offense in the first game of the series, but there were plenty of chances that Drew came up with some big saves to keep the game where it was. In the second game of the weekend, we got an early 1-0 lead and Drew was instrumental in keeping the game where it was coming up with numerous big saves throughout the game leading to a shutout. I was extremely proud of Drew and our club to come out of a long Christmas break and picking up a sweep on home ice,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Donovan Ott, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Paul Maust, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Reed Robinson, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Brad Arvanitis - Coulee Region Chill

Brad Arvanitis

Newly acquired goalie Brad Arvanitis, 19, made the most of his NAHL debut this past weekend as the netminder from Holliston, Massachusetts, helped the Chill to a weekend split with division-leading Janesville and in the process snap the Jets seven-game winning streak. Arvanitis (6’2/175) faced a total of 78 shots in the two games and made 73 saves. That included 37 saves in a 2-1 loss on Friday and 36 saves in a 4-3 shootout win on the road on Saturday in Janesville, where he stopped all three shootout attempts by the Jets.  “Brad was great this past weekend in his NAHL debut against a very good divisional opponent.  We are excited about his potential and look forward to seeing what he is capable of moving forward,” said Chill head coach Ryan Egan.

2nd Star: Isaac Theisen, F, Coulee Region Chill

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kyle Mayhew, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Nolan Schaeffer, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Tomas Vomacka - Corpus Christi IceRays

Tomas Vomacka

Corpus Christi goalie Tomas Vomacka helped his team to a mid-week home sweep of the visiting Shreveport Mudbugs. The 17-year-old native of Trutnov, Czech Republic, was outstanding in two wins as he stopped 61 of a possible 64 shots. Vomacka (6’3/172) made 33 saves in a 3-2 win on Wednesday and made another 28 saves in a 3-1 win on Thursday. He his last five appearances, Vomacka has allowed just seven goals as the IceRays have not lost a game in regulation since December 9th. “Tomas did an outstanding job this week as he has done most of the season. His work ethic in practice and his competitiveness in games matched with his high talent level is a great combination for a young goalie. Our players did a good job defending, but any breakdown Tomas was there with the big save at the right time,” said IceRays goalie Brad Flynn.

2nd Star: Ricky Carballo, F, Wichita Falls Wildcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jonathan Bendorf, F, Wichita Falls Wildcats - Alec Calvaruso, G, Lone Star Brahmas – John DeRouche, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Kieran Durgan, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Gueorgui Feduolov, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Peyton Frantti, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Garrett Hallford, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Steven Ipri, F, Amarillo Bulls – Carson Kelley, F, Lone Star Brahmas – George Mika, F, Amarillo Bulls – Chase Thudium, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Zach Zech, F, Odessa Jackalopes.

 

Stars of the Week Week of December 19, 2016sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Camden Haugenoe - Bismarck Bobcats

Camden Haugenoe

Bismarck rookie goalie Camden Haugenoe, 19, backstopped his team to two wins and a weekend home sweep of the visiting Austin Bruins. The 6’5/200 lbs. native of Williston, North Dakota, faced 63 shots in the two wins in what was his 3rd and 4th starts respectively in the month of December. Haugenoe allowed just three goals and made 60 saves in the two games, which included 21 saves in a 5-1 win on Friday and 39 saves in a 4-2 win on Saturday, which included stopped all 19 shots he saw in the 3rd period. The wins were the first for Haugenoe since late September. “We needed a guy to step up for us and Cam did exactly that, giving us a chance to win both nights. He was calm and confident and made the big saves when we needed them,” said Bismarck head coach Layne Sedevie.

2nd Star: Forbes Ploszaj, G, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Esbjors, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Gage Mackie, F, Aberdeen Wings – Pavel Mikhasenok, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Nate Pionk, F, Minot Minotauros – Jared Resseguie, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Reid Stefanson, F, Minot Minotauros

 

East Star of the Week: Colt Hanks - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Colt Hanks

Knights goaltender Colt Hanks, 18, made the most of his lone appearance this weekend as the native of Grand Ledge, Michigan, made 45 saves in a 3-1 win over the division-leading Aston Rebels on Saturday night. Hanks (5’11/175) faced 16 shots in both the 1st and 3rd period and managed to keep all the pucks out besides a goal in the 2nd period. The former NAPHL netminder has a 5-4 record this season with a 90% save percentage. “Colt came into a big situation in a division game for us Saturday. Aston is a talented team and we needed a strong effort in our own zone and in goal to come up with two points. Colt stepped up and gave us a solid performance. The Knights are happy to be heading into the break with a win and Colt played a major role in that,” said Knights head coach Tom Kowal.

2nd Star: Jack Leavy, G, Aston Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mareks Mitens, G, Aston Rebels – Reed Robinson, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Cayden Cahill - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Cayden Cahill

Playing his first games in three weeks, Fairbanks forward Cayden Cahill, 20, broke out for his best weekend of the year to help his team pick up a much needed three game road sweep against the Northeast Generals. The native of Anchorage, Alaska, totaled six points (4 goals, 2 assists) in the three wins, which also included a +5 rating. Cahill scored two of the three game-winning goals during the weekend, which included the game-winner in Thursday’s 10-3 win and another game-winner in Saturday’s 5-1 win. In 24 games this season, Cayhill (5’10/160) has 15 points. “Cayden had a good weekend coming off of injury.  His game needs to remain consistent for him to provide opportunities for himself and teammates,” said Fairbanks head coach Trevor Stewart.

2nd Star: Jake Barczewski, G, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Peter Bates, F, Janesville Jets – Aaron McPheters, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Ivan Prosvetov, G, Minnesota Magicians – Tyler Rock, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Brendan Skarda, F, Minnesota Magicians

 

South Star of the Week: Alec Calvaruso - Lone Star Brahmas

Alec Calvaruso

Lone Star Brahmas goalie Alec Calvaruso, 18, helped his team increase their lead in the South Division with a weekend home sweep of the 2nd place Wichita Falls Wildcats. The native of Livonia, Michigan, gave up just two goals on the weekend and stopped 34 of 36 shots that came his way. On Friday, Calvaruso (6’2/180) got the start and allowed just a single goal in a 2-1 win. On Saturday, he came into the game just 9:14 into the 1st period in relief and allowed just a single goal on 18 shots in a 4-3 shootout win, which included stopping all three Wildcats shooters in the extra session. So far this season, Calvaruso has a 12-4 record with a 2.17 GAA and a 91.2% save percentage. “Obviously he made some huge saves. Wichita Falls is one of the best offensive teams in the NAHL and we shut them down to just four goals all weekend. We had some pretty good goaltending by Alec,” said Lone Star head coach Dan Wildfong.

2nd Star: Nikita Babintsev, G, Amarillo Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jared Dempsey, G, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Luke Edgerton, F, Amarillo Bulls – Aidan Spellacy, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Josh Tripp, D, Corpus Christi IceRays – Tomas Vomacka, G, Corpus Christi IceRays

 

Stars of the Week Week of December 12, 2016sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Gage Mackie - Aberdeen Wings

Gage Mackie

Arizona State recruit Gage Mackie, 19, had a good week for the Wings as they went 1-1 during the week.  The native of Anchorage, Alaska, totaled a goal and three assists in the two games to go along with a +3 rating. On Wednesday, Mackie (6’3/205) had a goal and an assist in a 6-4 loss in Brookings. On Saturday, he assisted on both goals in regulation in a 3-2 overtime home win over the division-leading Minot Minotauros. In 22 games this season, Mackie has 15 points. “Gage has brought leadership since the day he arrived in Aberdeen and he brings a solid work ethic day in and day out. This week’s performance is a direct result of the work he puts in,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Travis Kothenbeutel, F, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nick Alexander, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Tristan Ashbrook, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Andy Carroll, D, Aberdeen Wings – Tyler Jeanson, F, Minot Minotauros – Lucas Murray, G, Minot Minotauros – Alex Schilling, G, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: Danny Eruzione - New Jersey Titans

Danny Eruzione

New Jersey Titans forward Danny Eruzione, 20, helped his team to a weekend home split with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. The native of Winthrop, Massachusetts, recorded four points (all assists) in the two games and was a +2. On Friday, Eruzione (5’9/165) had a pair of assists in a close 5-4 loss. On Saturday, he assisted on both New Jersey goals in a 2-0 win. He is currently 2nd on the team in points with 27 points in 27 games played and has recorded 11 points in his last four games played. “We were happy to welcome Danny back to this line up this weekend after missing him for some time with a nagging injury.  Danny’s strong play picked up right where he left off and he was able to contribute immediately.  Danny’s ability to make plays in the offensive zone has been critical for us throughout the season.  We are glad he is being recognized for his strong play this past weekend.  We look forward to a big three game weekend coming up with Kenai River and the Aston Rebels,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.

2nd Star: Gvido Jansons, D, Aston Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nick Bruce, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Brandon Bussi, G, New Jersey Titans – Ed Hirka, D, Johnstown Tomahawks – Aaron Maguyon, F, Aston Rebels 

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Robbie Goor - Kenai River Brown Bears

Robbie Goor

Kenai River Brown Bears goalie Robbie Goor, 20, backstopped Kenai River to a weekend road sweep of the Northeast Generals, as they took home a pair of close one-goal wins. The native of Anoka, Minnesota, was solid all weekend long, facing 70 shots in the two wins and allowing just four goals. On Friday, Goor (6’3/210) made 32 saves in an 2-1 overtime win. On Saturday, he made 34 saves in a 4-3 win. Goor, who started the season with the Austin Bruins, has a 91.2% save percentage since joining Kenai River. “Robbie played extremely well, making some big saves when called upon in some close games this weekend and is taking advantage of the situations given to him. He has been a great leader for our team since his arrival,” said Brown Bears head coach Jeff Worlton.

2nd Star: Ivan Prosvetov, G, Minnesota Magicians

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jake Barczewski, G, Janesville Jets – Braden Brown, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Matt Cassidy, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Kevin Dineen, F, Coulee Region Chill – Adrian Holesinsky, F, Janesville Jets – Ryan Kero, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Tanner Schachle, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Joe Sofo, F, Coulee Region Chill – Tanner Tweten, F, Minnesota Magicians – Anthony Tzveyn, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: George Mika - Amarillo Bulls

George Mika

It was quote the week for Amarillo forward Georga Mika. On the ice, the 20-year-old native of Naples, Florida, had seven points in a weekend home split with the Topeka RoadRunners. That included five points and a hat-trick in Friday’s 7-5 win. It also included two assists on Saturday’s 5-4 loss. Off the ice, Mika (5’11/181) committed to play NCAA Division I hockey last week to UMass-Amherst in Hockey East. His 34 points to date is tied for the NAHL scoring lead. “We are happy for George and his performance this past weekend. In order for a team to be successful you have to have everyone playing their roles well. However, as the saying goes… your best players, have to be your best players. George has been our best player all year and displayed why he is a committed player to UMass-Amherst this past weekend,” said Bulls head coach Matt Nicholson.

2nd Star: Peyton Frantii, F, Topeka RoadRunners

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): David Baskerville, D, Corpus Christi IceRays – Julian Biondo, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Ryan Burnett, F, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Ricky Carballo, F, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Jon Flakne, G, Odessa Jackalopes – Carson Kelley, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Jeff Makowski, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Jeff Solow, D, Amarillo Bulls – Chase Thudium, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Tomas Vomacka, G, Corpus Christi IceRays

 

Stars of the Week Week of December 5, 2016sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Cole Lawrence - Austin Bruins

Cole Lawrence

Extending his point streak to three games over the weekend, Austin Bruins rookie forward Cole Lawrence is starting to get used to the NAHL game. The 18-year-old native of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, recorded goals in back-to-back games this weekend as the Bruins split their home series with Aberdeen. Lawrence (6’1/180) scored his first career goal in a 6-4 win on Friday and then added one of Austin’s two goals in a 6-2 loss on Saturday. For the season, Lawrence has five points in 17 games played. “Cole has made tremendous steps this past month, which is no surprise due to his work habits and attitude. It was great to see that rewarded over the weekend with his first two NAHL goals,” said Bruins head coach Kyle Grabowski.

2nd Star: Colin Raver, F, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tanner Breidenbach, D, Bismarck Bobcats - Tyler Jeason, F, Minot Minotauros - Travis Kothenbeutel, F, Austin Bruins – Nate Pionk, F, Minot Minotauros – Jared Resseguie, F, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Dalton Hunter - Johnstown Tomahawks

Dalton Hunter

Leading the NAHL in scoring is Johnstown forward Dalton Hunter, 19, who had six more points over the weekend in a home sweep of the Northeast Generals. The 6’3/200 lbs. native of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, had a goal and an assist in a 4-2 win on Saturday and a hat-trick and an assist in a 7-2 won on Sunday. His 33 points are tops in the NAHL. “We were fortunate to get a weekend sweep at home and Dalton was instrumental in our offensive output and success. He was making high end plays throughout the weekend and turned his efforts into statistical success. He has been such a consistent force for us since the start of the season, now leading the entire league in overall scoring, and maybe even more notably in game-winning goals. I am very proud of the way he and our group battled hard this weekend to secure four points. In my opinion, Dalton has certainly emerged as a very strong NCAA Division I prospect and I am really pulling for him to be rewarded for his efforts in the near future,” said Johnstown head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Paul Maust, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nick Bruce, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Reed Robinson, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Larry Jungwirth - Coulee Region Chill

Larry Jungwirth

Chill forward Larry Jungwirth, 19, has been on a tear, which includes another good effort this week as the Chill split a home-and-home series with the Minnesota Magicians. The 5’11/170 lbs. native of Bloomington, Minnesota had three points in the two games. On Friday, Jungwirth had two assists in a 4-1 home win and on Saturday, he scored the lone Chill goal in a 5-1 loss in Minnesota. For the season, Jungwirth is tied for 2nd in team scoring with 20 points in 22 games played so far this season. “Larry has been building confidence these last few weeks and we are starting to see that reflected in his contributions on the scoreboard in our recent victories,” said Chill head coach Ryan Egan.

2nd Star: Frank Sullivan, D, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Peter Bates, F, Janesville Jets - Kevin Dineen, F, Coulee Region Chill – Jordan Muzzillo, D, Springfield Jr. Blues - Max Nylander, F, Springfield Jr. Blues - Ivan Prosvetov, G, Minnesota Magicians - Mitchel Slattery, F, Minnesota Magicians

 

South Star of the Week: Jared Dempsey - Wichita Falls Wildcats

Jared Dempsey

The Wichita Falls Wildcats resurgence and climb up the South Division standings falls right in line with the addition of 19-year-old goaltender Jared Dempsey. The native of Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, was incredible this weekend as the Wildcats extended their winning streak to six straight games with a weekend sweep in Corpus Christi against the IceRays. Dempsey (6’3/190) faced a total of 67 shots in the two wins and allowed just two goals. On Saturday, he made 33 saves in a 4-2 win and on Sunday, he stopped all 32 shots that came his way for his first shutout of the season in a 4-0 win. Since joining the Wildcats in early November, Dempsey is a perfect 8-0 for his new team. “Since we picked up Jared earlier in November, he's stepped in and played rock solid for us. He's allowed our team to play with confidence,” said Wildcats head coach Josh Nelson.

2nd Star: John Roberts, G, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jordan Fader, F, Shreveport Mudbugs - Phil Fromberger, F, Amarillo Bulls - Jon Flakne, G, Odessa Jackalopes - Erik Gordon, G, Lone Star Brahmas - Max Harper, F, Topeka RoadRunners - Peter Kessel, F, Lone Star Brahmas - Tyler Pietrowski, F, Odessa Jackalopes - Will Schlagenhauf, F, Topeka RoadRunners - Jonathan Waring, D, Wichita Falls Wildcats

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 28, 2016sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Justin Misiak - Austin Bruins

Justin Misiak

Austin Bruins forward Justin Misiak, 20, had a productive week as the native of St. Clair Shores, Michigan, recorded four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in three games during the week. On Wednesday, Misiak (5’10/170) had a goal in a 3-2 shootout win in Janesville against the Jets. On Friday, he had a goal and an assist in a 5-2 loss in Janesville. He wrapped up his week with an assist in a 3-2 home win over the Minnesota Magicians on Saturday. For the season, Misiak is 2nd in team scoring with 18 points in 22 games played. “Justin has been a consistent hard-working, character player for our team the past week. His overall play has been a tremendous asset to us in a stretch of crucial games,” said Bruins head coach Kyle Grabowski.

2nd Star: Nick Olczyk, F, Minnesota Wilderness

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Luke Dow, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Kevin Fitzgerald, F, Aberdeen Wings – Tobias Fladeby, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Jared Resseguie, F, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Jackson Hartje - Northeast Generals

Jackson Hartje

The Northeast Generals opened up their new arena this past weekend with two high-scoring games against the New Jersey Titans. Despite a close 8-6 loss on Friday and 8-7 overtime loss on Saturday, the signs of offense were encouraging for the first year NAHL team. Defenseman Jackson Hartje, 20, played a big role in the offensive output as the native of Detroit, Michigan, recorded six points (4 goals, 2 assists) in the two games. On Friday, Hartje (6’0/176) had two goals in the 8-6 loss and on Saturday, he scored two more goals and added two assists in the 8-7 overtime loss. In just seven games this season, is tied for 3rd on the team in points with nine. “Jake is a veteran players who has been outstanding since joining us.  He is a great kid in and out of the locker room and has the full respect of the players and coaching staff.  His success is a direct result of the hard work he puts in every day,” said Northeast head coach Bryan Erikson.

2nd Star: Dalton Hunter, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Colin Bilek, F, Northeast Generals – Logan Stork, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Luke Radetic - Kenai River Brown Bears

Luke Radetic

The Kenai River Brown Bears got a big three-game weekend home sweep of their in-state rivals, the Fairbanks Ice Dogs this past weekend. Veteran forward Luke Radetic, 19, exploded for eight points in the series, which included five goals, three assists and a +6 rating. On Friday, the native of Chesterfield, Missouri, had a goal in a 5-2 win. On Saturday, Radetic (5’11/180) had two goals and two assists in a 6-3 win and on Sunday, he added two more goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in a 6-2 win to complete the sweep. For the season, Radetic is 2nd on the team in scoring with 16 points in 13 games played. “Luke is working hard on his defensive play and that is paying off in the offensive zone.  He came to the team with a great attitude, a great work ethic and a renewed energy for the game, so he is just enjoying playing.  He has been getting better everyday,” said Brown Bears head coach Jeff Worlton.

2nd Star: Mike Robinson, G, Springfield Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Robbie Goor, G, Kenai River Brown Bears - Larry Jungwirth, F, Coulee Region Chill – Ryan Kero, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Matt Long, F, Springfield Jr. Blues - Nolan Schaeffer, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Todd Scott, G, Coulee Region Chill

 

South Star of the Week: Kieran Durgan - Shreveport Mudbugs

Kieran Durgan

Shreveport Mudbugs forward Kieran Durgan, 19, had a big weekend as the Mudbugs split their home-and-home series with the division-leading Lone Star Brahmas. The native of St. John’s, Michigan, recorded six points (3 goals, 3 assists) in the two games and was a +4. On Friday, Durgan (6’1/190) had a goal and two assists in a 4-3 road loss at Lone Star. The next night, Durgan scored two goals, including the game-winner, and added an assist in a 5-2 home win over the Brahmas. In 21 games played this season, the former NAPHL player has 16 points. “Kieran is a very competitive, hard-skating forward who sees the ice well and goes to the hard areas of the rink.  Most importantly, he is a diligent person whose leadership on and off the ice has helped lay the foundation of our culture here in Shreveport,” said Mudbugs head coach Karlis Zirnis.

2nd Star: Ryan Burnett, F, Wichita Falls Wildcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Croix Evingson, D, Shreveport Mudbugs – Cole Filler, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Alex Frye, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Cole Gammer, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Steven Ipri, F, Amarillo Bulls – Kosta Likourezos, F, Amarillo Bulls – Marcus Russell, F, Topeka RoadRunners – CJ Walker, F, Wichita Falls Wildcats

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 21, 2016sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Tim Nicksic - Minnesota Wilderness

Tim Nicksic

It was a productive week for Minnesota Wilderness captain Tim Nicksic, 20. The captain and native of Tomah, Wisconsin, put up some big numbers in three games as his team picked up five of a possible six points. Nicksic (5’10/188) began the week with a goal and an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss at home to the Minnesota Magicians on Thursday. On Friday, he had an assist in a 3-2 overtime win in Coulee Region. On Saturday, he had three more assists in a 5-2 win as the Wilderness completed their weekend road sweep of the Chill. For the season, Nicksic leads the Wilderness in scoring with 24 points in 23 games played. “Tim's offensive production has been great. More importantly, his attention to detail, and willingness to take pride in his defensive zone play is what makes him a complete player and an NCAA Division I prospect,” said Wilderness head coach Tim Madsen.

2nd Star: Tobias Fladeby, F, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tyler Bossert, F, Aberdeen Wings – Austin Dollimer, F, Minot Minotauros – Jiei Halliday, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Tyler Jeanson, F, Minot Minotauros – Dylan Mills, Minnesota Wilderness

 

East Star of the Week: Grant Valentine - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Grant Valentine

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights posted a weekend home sweep of the Johnstown Tomahawks and goalie Grant Valentine, 19, was solid in the weekend wins. The 5’11/175 lbs. native of Medina, Ohio, stopped 50 of 52 shots in the two wins as the Knights closed the gap on the 3rd place Tomahawks. On Friday, Valentine made 20 saves in a 3-2 win and on Saturday, he posted his first shutout of the season making 30 saves in a 3-0 win over Johnstown. “Grant played a very big role for us in a four-point weekend. To beat a team like Johnstown once, let a lone twice in a weekend, you need to have strong goaltending. In the instances we made mistakes, Grant was there to bail us out. We're proud of his success so far this year and happy that he's being recognized for it,” said Knights head coach Tom Kowal.

2nd Star: Adrian Danchenko, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Peter Bates - Janesville Jets

Peter Bates

The Janesville Jets ran their NAHL-best winning streak to seven straight games over the weekend with a road sweep of the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. Forward Peter Bates, 20, was a big time contributor for the Jets, recording five points in the series, which included three goals and two assists. On Friday, the 6’0/185 lbs. native of Evanston, Illinois, had two goals, including the game-winner, in a 5-2 win. The next night, Bates had a goal and two assists in another 5-2 win. Bates is tied for 4th in team scoring so far this season with 22 points in 19 games played. “Peter and his linemates were exceptional against a tough team in a tough environment this past weekend in Fairbanks. Peter is playing at a high level. His hockey sense and ability to make plays was a key to our success up there. His game is showing that he is an elite player in this league,” said Jets head coach Joe Dibble.

2nd Star: Matt Cassidy, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jake Barczewski, G, Janesville Jets – Alex Falconer, F, Coulee Region Chill – Fabio Hollenstein, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Larry Jungwirth, F, Coulee Region Chill – Ryan Kero, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Julius Marva, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Ivan Prosvetov, G, Minnesota Magicians

 

South Star of the Week: Ricky Carballo - Wichita Falls Wildcats

Ricky Carballo

It was a wild weekend in Wichita Falls as the Wildcats took two of three games against the visiting Topeka RoadRunners, scoring 15 goals in the process. A big part of the offense was forward Ricky Carballo, 19, who had seven points (4 goals, 3 assists) in the three games. On Thursday, the native of Keller, Texas, had both goals, including the game-winner, in a 2-1 win. On Friday, Carballo (5’10/185) had an assist in an 8-7 loss. On Saturday night, he scored two goals, including another game-winner in overtime, and added two assists in a 6-5 win. Carballo is 3rd on the Wildcats in scoring so far this season with 18 points in 19 games played. “Ricky's able to produce for us in numerous ways, be it skilled plays on the rush or net-front dirty plays. He's an all around goal scorer and we expect him to have lots of games like this over the course of the season,” said Wildcats assistant coach Josh Nelson.

2nd Star: Eriks Zohovs, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Marshall Bowery, F, Topeka RoadRunners – John DeRoche, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Cody Fleckenstein, D, Corpus Christi IceRays – Mason Krueger, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Dylan Lubbesmeyer, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – George Mika, F, Amarillo Bulls – Charlie Singerhouse, F, Amarillo Bulls – CJ Walker, F, Wichita Falls Wildcats

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 14, 2016sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Reid Stefanson - Minot Minotauros

Reid Stefanson

It was a busy a productive week for Minot forward Reid Stefanson, 19, this past week as the native of Winnipeg, MB, helped the Minotauros to a 2-1 record in three games. Stefanson (6’0/174) recorded nine points (6 goals, 3 assists) in the three games and had multi-point outings in all three games. On Thursday, he had two goals and an assist in a 5-4 home loss to Bismarck. The next night, he recorded a goal and an assist in a 6-4 win over the Minnesota Wilderness. On Saturday, Stefanson had a hat-trick, including the game-winning goal, and an assist in a 7-4 win in Aberdeen. He has 20 points in 19 games this season, which ranks 2nd in scoring on the team. “Reid and his linemates had an exceptional weekend and were a constant threat in all three games.  Reid is really coming into his own and feeling more comfortable everyday.  His hockey sense and creativity allow him to be dangerous at all times,” said Minot head coach Marty Murray.

2nd Star: Alex Adams, F, Minot Minotauros

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cade Borchardt, F, Brookings Blizzard – Tobias Fladeby, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Jordan Fralich, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Tim Nicksic, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Dan Petrick, D, Austin Bruins – Joey Strada, F, Aberdeen Wings – Tyler Vold, D, Minnesota Wilderness

 

East Star of the Week: Greg Malafronte - New Jersey Titans

Greg Malafronte

New Jersey forward Greg Malafronte, 19, continued his hot play during New Jersey’s sweep of the Northeast Generals this past weekend as the 5’9/155 lbs. native of Colts Neck, NJ, had five points (1 goal, 4 assists) in the two wins. On Friday, Malafronte had a shorthanded goal and added two assists in a 5-4 win. On Saturday, he added two more assists in a 5-2 win. Malafronte is currently tied for 2nd place in team scoring with 16 points in 17 games. “Greg has had a really nice start to his season despite missing a few games with an injury.  His ability to be lethal in the offensive zone has been key for our team.  He has shown an ability to create offense both in 5-on-5 situations as well as the power play. Greg’s ability to score will be an asset for a great college hockey program.  He has asserted himself as a leader on our team and we look forward to him continuing to lead our club towards the playoffs,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.

2nd Star: Brennan Kapcheck, D, Aston Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mareks Mitens, G, Aston Rebels

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Evan Fear - Springfield Jr. Blues

Evan Fear

The Springfield Jr. Blues picked up two big wins in Fairbanks this weekend against the Ice Dogs and backstopping the Jr. Blues was 17-year-old Evan Fear. The rookie netminder from Winnetka, IL, faced a total of 66 shots in the two games and made 63 saves, allowing just three goals during the weekend. On Friday, Fear (6’2/175) made 36 saves in a 4-2 win and on Saturday, Fear made 27 saves in a 4-1 win. Fear has now won his last three starts and has improved his save percentage to 91.6%. “Evan was solid both nights making some key saves to give our guys a chance to win. He really stepped his game up as the games went along as was at his best in the 3rd periods,” said Jr. Blues head coach Tony Zasowski.

2nd Star: Matt Long, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Scott Corbett, F, Coulee Region Chill – Kevin Dineen, F, Coulee Region Chill – Aaron McPheters, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – John Siebenaler, F, Minnesota Magicians – Hunter Wendt, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Aleksi Poikola - Wichita Falls Wildcats

Aleksi Poikola

Wichita Falls leading scorer Aleksi Poikola, 20, came up big over the weekend as the Wildcats picked up a weekend home sweep of the Amarillo Bulls. The 5’11/185 lbs. native of Espoo, Finland, recorded three points (2 goals, 1 assist) in the sweep. On Friday, Poikola scored the overtime-winning goal and added an assist in a 3-2 win. On Saturday, he scored another goal in a 4-3 overtime win. For the season, Poikola leads all Wildcats players with 19 points in 16 games played. “Aleksi has made great strides this year and become a dominant player in this league. He plays just as hard in the offensive zone as the defensive zone and he is a very good all-around player with NCAA Division I potential,” said Wildcats head coach Tony Curtale.

2nd Star: Jonny Hogue, G, Odessa Jackalopes

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Camden Burggrabe, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – Gueorgui Feduolov, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Jake Levin, D, Odessa Jackalopes – Jonathan Waring, D, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Eriks Zohovs, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 7, 2016sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Paul Cotter - Brookings Blizzard

Paul Cotter

It was a big weekend for the Brooking Blizzard and forward Paul Cotter. The 16-year-old from Canton, Michigan, helped his team to a weekend road sweep of the Minnesota Wilderness. Cotter (6’0/185), who is a Western Michigan University commit, had four points in the two game sweep, which including two goals and two assists. He had the game-winning goal in each of the two wins. In 15 games played this season, Cotter has 16 points. “Paul continues to get better everyday it's great to see that his hard work is paying off with scoring,” said Blizzard head coach Dan Daikawa.

2nd Star: Lucas Murray, G, Minot Minotauros

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Adams, F, Minot Minotauros – Nick Cardelli, F, Brookings Blizzard – Carson Dimoff, F, Abedeen Wings – Tobias Fladeby, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Zach Kennedy, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Artuu Kulmala, G, Aberdeen Wings – Pavel Mikhasenok, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Michael Piehler, F, Austin Bruins – Mike Zuffante, F, Minnesota Wilderness

 

 

East Star of the Week: Mareks Mitens - Aston Rebels

Mareks Mitens

Aston Rebels goalie Mareks Mitens, 18, is picking up right where he left off in October. The October goalie of the month from Ventspids, Latvia, had two more shutouts this weekend as the 1st place Rebels picked up a home sweep of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. Mitens (6’1/176) made 23 saves on Friday and 21 saves on Saturday and he blanked the Knights both Knights. The shutouts were his 5th and 6th of the season and he leads the NAHL in every goaltending statistic. “Mareks has been nothing but solid since his arrival. This past weekend and certainly Friday night might have been his best game of the year. He is just getting better and glad he is on our team. Some NCAA Division I team is going to get a fantastic kid and goalie,” said Aston head coach Joe Coombs.

2nd Star: Jordan Kaplan, F, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brandon Perrone, G, New Jersey Titans – Evgeny Yakovlev, F, Aston Rebels

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Steven Quagliata - Coulee Region Chill

Steven Quagliata

The Coulee Region Chill extended their winning streak to four straight games with a weekend home sweep of the Kenai River Brown Bears. Defenseman Steven Quagliata, 20, had a big weekend, chiming in with six points (1 goal, 5 assists) and a +2 rating in two wins. On Friday, the 6’0/180 lbs native of Bartlett, Illinois had four assists in a 6-3 win. On Saturday, he had the game-winning goal and an assist in a 2-1 win. For the season, Quagliata has 10 points in 15 games played. “Steven had a breakout weekend this past weekend.  His game is continuing to improve both with and without the puck.  I am excited about were Steven's game can take him and our team moving forward,” said Chill head coach Ryan Egan.

2nd Star: Adrian Holesinsky, F, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jake Barczewski, G, Janesville Jets – Travis Brown, D, Minnesota Magicians – Hampus Eriksson, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Evan Fear, G, Springfield Jr. Blues – Aaron McPheters, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Jack Nickels, D, Springfield Jr. Blues – Luke Radetic, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Joey Sofo, F, Coulee Region Chill

 

South Star of the Week: Mason Krueger - Corpus Christi IceRays

Mason Krueger

Corpus Christi IceRays forward and Army recruit Mason Kruger, 20, helped his team to a weekend road sweep of the Amarillo Bulls by recording four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in two wins. The 5’11/178 lbs. native of Bettendorf, Iowa, had a goal and an assist in Friday’s 3-0 shutout win and had the game-winning goal and another assist in Saturday’s 3-1 win. For the season, Krueger leads the IceRays in scoring with 18 points in 17 games played. “I am very happy for Mason winning player of the week. Mason exemplifies what we strive for as an organization. He is great person off the ice, responsible in our own end and a true 200-foot player who produces offensively,” said IceRays head coach Brad Flynn.

2nd Star: Ryan Snowden, G, Topeka RoadRunners

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nikita Babintsev, G, Amarillo Bulls – Alex Frye, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Pete Kessel, F, Lone Star Brahmas – George Mika, F, Amarillo Bulls – Hunter Stanley, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Chad Veltri, G, Corpus Christi IceRays

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 31, 2016sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Carson Dimoff - Aberdeen Wings

Carson Dimoff

It was a huge weekend for the Aberdeen Wings as they picked up a two-game home sweep of the Bismarck Bobcats. Forward Carson Dimoff, 17, totaled six points during the weekend sweep, which included 2 goals and 4 assists. On Friday, the 5’10/183 lbs. native of Scottsdale, Arizona had a goal and four assists in a 5-2 win. On Saturday, he added another goal in a 4-3 overtime win. In 15 games played this season, Dimoff has 11 points. “Carson’s weekend is a testament to the way he prepares and works each day. He is one of the youngest players on the team, yet plays very mature. Carson’s performance was a big part of the Wings success this weekend,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Alex Adams, F, Minot Minotauros

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jesse Farabee, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Tobias Fladeby, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Parker Mismash, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Jack Murphy, F, Minot Minotauros – Tim Nicksic, F, Minnesota Wilderness

 

East Star of the Week: Grant Valentine - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Grant Valentine

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights goalie Grant Valentine, 19, backstopped his club to a weekend road sweep of the Northeast Generals this past weekend. The 5’11/175 lbs. native of Medina, Ohio, faced a total of 65 shots in the two games and came up with 62 saves, allowing just three goals in the two games.  That included 32 saves in Saturday’s 4-1 win. Valetine ranks tied for 2nd in games played to date and 3rd in shots faced. “Grant 's play this past week was a big reason we came away with our first sweep of the season. As a veteran of this team and this league, we rely on him to give us minutes and saves. When he takes his game to that level, it goes a long way in helping us pick up wins. It's good to see Grant get the recognition he has worked so hard for,” said Knights head coach Tom Kowal.

2nd Star: Donovan Ott, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sam Antonitsch, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Filips Buncis, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Dom Garcia, F, Aston Rebels – Brennan Kapcheck, D, Aston Rebels

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Todd Scott - Coulee Region Chill

Todd Scott

A new edition to the Chill in recent weeks, goaltender Todd Scott, 16, backstopped the Chill to two home wins this past weekend as they swept the defending Robertson Cup Champion Fairbanks Ice Dogs. The 6’1/200 lbs. native of Albertville, Minnesota, gave up just three goals on 61 shots, making 58 saves in the two wins. That included 30 saves in Friday’s 5-1 win. Scott began the season playing for the Omaha AAA 16U team in the NAPHL, where he led the team to an NAPHL 16U Championship last season. “Todd has been the shot of energy we have been looking for.  He was impressive in his NAHL debut against a tough opponent.  We expect great things from him moving forward,” said Chill head coach Ryan Egan.

2nd Star: Brandon Puricelli, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Peter Bates, F, Janesville Jets – Connor Chilton, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Kevin Dineen, F, Coulee Region Chill – Robbie Goor, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Kip Hoffman, F, Janesville Jets – Ryan Leibold, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Benton Maass, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Bailey Seagraves, G, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Erik Gordon - Lone Star Brahmas

Erik Gordon

Thanks to three wins in Odessa this past week, the Lone Star Brahmas are not only leading the South Division, but statistically, now have the best winning percentage in the NAHL. Goalie Erik Gordon, 17, was between the pipes for two out of the three wins during the weekend and allowed just one goal on 51 shots, making 50 saves. That included a 25-save shutout on Saturday night for the 5’10/160 lbs. native of Duluth, Georgia. Gordon is a perfect 7-0-0 this season with a 1.51 goals against average and a 93.8% save percentage.  “Erik was there to make the key saves. We had some breakdowns defensively this weekend and he made some big saves and stood tall when they had some quality opportunities.  He was our rock back there this weekend and it was one of the big reasons we picked up three road wins against a very good Odessa team,” said Lone Star head coach Dan Wildfong.

2nd Star: Ryan Orgel, D, Wichita Falls Wildcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jonathan Bendorf, F, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Cam Burggrabe, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – Carson Kelley, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Mason Krueger, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Kosta Likourezos, F, Amarillo Bulls – Frankie Melton, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – George Mika, F, Amarillo Bulls – Eriks Zohovs, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 24, 2016sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Will Ulrich - Bismarck Bobcats

Will Ulrich

The Bismarck Bobcats ran their winning streak to three straight games with home wins over Aberdeen and Brookings this weekend. In between the pipes, Will Ulrich, 20, earn wins in both games. The 6’1/190 lbs. native of Birmingham, MI, allowed just three goals in the two wins and stopped 74 of 77 shots in the two games. For the season, Ulrich’s 92.9% save percentage currently ranks 7th in the NAHL. “Will had a great weekend and showed a lot of talent in making some big saves to help us get four points at home. Just as importantly, he has started to show the veteran leadership we knew he could bring when we made the trade for him in May,” said Bismarck head coach Layne Sedevie.

2nd Star: Tyler Vold, D, Minnesota Wilderness

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Trystan Isenhour, F, Aberdeen Wings – Pavel Mikhasenok, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Parker Mismash, F, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Matt Kidney - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Matt Kidney

Currently tied for the NAHL scoring lead with 19 points, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights forward Matt Kidney, 19, had an effective week for the Knights, as they went 2-2 in four games. The 5’9/185 lbs. native of Middletown, NJ, had eight points in the four games, which included five goals (two game-winners) and three assists. That included four goals in Sunday’s 6-3 win over New Jersey. For the season, his 19 points is tied for the NAHL scoring lead “Matt has really stepped up and been one of our best players over the last few weeks. It's why he's now tied for the league lead in points and it's why we selected him with our first round pick. He's a serious player with a serious skill set and well deserving of this recognition,” said Knights head coach Tom Kowal.

2nd Star: Joseph Kile, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tommy Horn, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Daniel Haider - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Daniel Haider

The Fairbanks Ice Dogs got back on track with a weekend home sweep of the Kenai River Brown Bears. Of the nine goals scored in the two wins, forward Daniel Haider, 18, had points in seven of the nine goals. In Friday’s 5-1 win, Haider (5’9/170) had a goal and two assists and in Saturday’s 4-1 win, the native of Anchorage, AK, had a hat-trick (including the game-winning goal) and an assist in a 4-1 win. His 11 points currently leads the team in scoring. “Daniel made plays all weekend. He provided us with some much-needed offense, as he and his teammates are figuring out ways to score goals,” said Fairbanks head coach Trevor Stewart.

2nd Star: Brendan Skarda, F, Minnesota Magicians

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Fabio Hollenstein, F, Springfield Jr. Blues - Max Nylander, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Josh Sarlo, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Eriks Zohovs - Shreveport Mudbugs

Eriks Zohovs

With an 8-3-0 record, the Shreveport Mudbugs are in 2nd place in the South and the owners of a five-game winning streak. That included three wins at home this weekend, which included a sweep of Odessa on Friday and Saturday and a win over Topeka on Sunday. Forward Eriks Zohovs, 18, had a big weekend, racking up four goals in the three wins. The 6’1/175 lbs. native of Riga, Lativa, began the week with the game-winning goal in a 4-2 win over Odessa on Friday. He finished the week with a hat-trick in Sunday’s 4-1 win over Topeka, which also including the game-winner. In 11 games played this season, Zohovs has 15 points. “Eriks has chipped in with timely plays and timely goals for us. While he's certainly a talented player, his compete level and play away from the puck has helped him excel offensively,” said Shreveport head coach Karlis Zirnis.

2nd Star: Erik Gordon, G, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Justin Addamo, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Brendan VanSweden, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 17, 2016sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Tim Nicksic - Minnesota Wilderness

Tim Nicksic

Minnesota Wilderness captain and forward Tim Nicksic, 20, had his best weekend of the year as the 5’10/188 lbs. native of Tomah, Wisconsin, recorded five points in two home games this past weekend against the Aberdeen Wings. He had two goals and an assist in an 8-1 win on Friday and had a goal and an assist in a 5-4 loss on Saturday. He also was a +4 on the weekend. In 11 games this season, Nicksic has 8 points. “Timmy had a great weekend. He proved why he is our captain with his tremendous leadership on and off the ice. With this past weekend being his 'breakout' weekend, we fully expect the same production and leadership moving forward,” said Wilderness head coach Tim Madsen.

2nd Star: Will Ulrich, G, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Adams, F, Minot Minotauros – Jiei Halliday, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Trystan Isenhour, F, Aberdeen Wings – Tyler Jeanson, F, Minot Minotauros – Gage Mackie, F, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Carter Woolley - Aston Rebels

Carter Woolley

The NAHL and East Division-leading Aston Rebels won their 4th and 5th games in a row this weekend with a weekend road sweep of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. 19-year-old forward Carter Woolley was able to contribute as the 6’0/185 lbs. native of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, recorded a goal and an assist in the two wins. That included the game-winning goal in Saturday’s 4-1 win. In 11 games played to date this season, Woolley has four points. “I cannot think of anyone more deserving or who has worked harder for what Carter has done. He is on a great path of development right now and he is a phenomenal teammate who is getting better daily,” said Aston head coach Joe Coombs.

2nd Star: Mareks Mitens, G, Aston Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Caleb Schroer - Coulee Region Chill

Caleb Schroer

The Coulee Region Chill are unbeaten in regulation in their last five games, which included road games this past weekend against the Minnesota Magicians and Janesville Jets. Chill forward Caleb Schroer, 20, had a big weekend, totaling five points and a +4 rating in the two games. On Friday, the native of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, had two assists in a 4-3 win over the Magicians. On Saturday, Schroer (5’9/168) had two goals and an assist in a 6-5 overtime loss in Janesville. For the season, he is tied for the team scoring lead with 11 points. “Caleb is off to a great start for us this year.  It was great to see his work ethic and compete level be rewarded this past weekend.  We are excited to see what lies ahead for Caleb and this team,” said Chill head coach Ryan Egan.

2nd Star: Devin Cooley, G, Springfield Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brennan Blaszczak, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Cameron Buhl, F, Minnesota Magicians – Adrian Holesinsky, F, Janesville Jets – Adam Roeder, D, Janesville Jets – Isaac Theisen, F, Coulee Region Chill

 

South Star of the Week: Jonny Hogue - Odessa Jackalopes

Jonny Hogue

The Odessa Jackalopes moved into 2nd place in the South Division thanks to a weekend road sweep in Corpus Christi against the IceRays. 20-year-old goaltender Jonny Hogue (5’9/180) was in goal for both wins. The native of Lethbridge, Alberta, faced a total of 48 shots in the two wins and made 46 saves, allowing just a single goal each night in back-to-back 2-1 wins for Odessa. For the season, Hogue has a 5-2-0 record with a 2.00 goals against average and a 93.4% save percentage. “Jonny gives us a chance to win each game he is in there, so the guys play with a lot of confidence in front of him,” said Odessa head coach Greg Gatto.

2nd Star: Cameron Cook, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alec Calvaruso, G, Lone Star Brahmas – Brendan Doyle, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Peter Kessel, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Nick Klishko, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Kosta Likourezos, F, Amarillo Bulls – Brad Power, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – John Roberts, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Mike Rockwell, G, Topeka RoadRunners – Tomas Vomacka, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – Brendan Walkom, F, Amarillo Bulls

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 10, 2016sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Carter Roo - Aberdeen Wings

Carter Roo

The Aberdeen Wings got back on track with two big home wins this past weekend. Forward Carter Roo, 19, had a great couple of games as the native of Champlin, MN, racked up six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in the two wins and was also a +5. Roo (5’8/185) had a hand in all four goals scored in Friday’s 4-1 win over Minot. For the season, Roo has 8 points in 9 games played. “Carter supplied the veteran leadership that was needed to take two wins against very good opponents this weekend. Carter is a very determined player that has the ability to affect the outcome of a game,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Kevin Fitzgerald, F, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matt Barry, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Jiei Halliday, D, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Donovan Ott - Johnstown Tomahawks

Donovan Ott

Johnstown forward Donovan Ott, 19, led his club to a weekend road sweep of the Kenai River Brown Bears this past weekend. The 6’1/200 lbs native of Lebanon, PA, had five points in the two wins, which included four goals and a +3 rating. His 15 points to date currently ranks 4th in NAHL scoring. “Donovan has been great for us since the season has started. He’s played consistent hockey and has been a 200-foot player game in and game out. With the road schedule we have had to start the season, we have counted on him so much to lead on and off the ice and he has not disappointed one bit. This week he stepped up his game even more leading the way for us with a big number of points including timely goals and multiple point games. He knows how to use his size to his advantage and make his opportunities count when he gets them. I really look forward to his continued success hopefully leading him to a NCAA Division I commitment that I firmly believe he is deserving of,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Gvido Jansons, D, Aston Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Filips Buncis, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Jordan Kaplan, F, New Jersey Titans – Matt Kidney, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Paul Maust, D, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Ryan Solomon, D, Aston Rebels

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Marshall Plunkett - Coulee Region Chill

Marshall Plunkett

The Coulee Region Chill picked up a weekend road sweep in Springfield against the Jr. Blues and defenseman Marshall Plunkett, 17, played a big role in the team’s success. The 5’11/170 lbs. native of West Salem, WI, had three points in the two wins. That included two assists in Friday’s 5-3 win and a goal in Saturday’s 2-1 win. In eight games this season, Plunkett has six points. “Marshall had a great weekend in Springfield on both sides of the puck and has played a large part in our recent success.  He is averaging almost a point per game and is one of our go too guys in all defensive situations.  His work ethic and maturity on the ice will be a huge asset for us throughout the rest of our season,” said Chill head coach Ryan Egan.

2nd Star: Mitchel Slattery, F, Minnesota Magicians

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Travis Brown, D, Minnesota Magicians – Colton Fletcher, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Ryan Kero, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Taylor Trapp, F, Coulee Region Chill

 

South Star of the Week: Nathan Bryer - Corpus Christi IceRays

Nathan Bryer

Of the 10 points that Corpus Christi IceRays forward Nathan Bryer, 20, has to date this season, nine of those 10 points game in the three-game road series this past weekend in Topeka as the IceRays brought home five of a possible six points. The 5’6/168 lbs. native of Clarkston, MI, was an offensive factor in all three games as he totaled 4 goals, 5 assists and a +4 rating. That included factoring in on all four goals scored in Thursday’s 4-3 win. "We are very proud of Nathan. As a veteran 20-year-old, Nathan has made a seamless transition from center to the wing. He is a high character, hard-working player andn it's always great to see someone like to Nathan to be rewarded on the scoresheet from his hard work and more importantly, being a big contributor to our team’s success this weekend,” said IceRays head coach Brad Flynn.

2nd Star: Andy McGlynn, F, Corpus Christi IceRays

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): DJ Busdeker, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Jonathan Dagnal, F, Amarillo Bulls – Kieran Durgan, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Andrew Hart, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Jonny Hogue, G, Odessa Jackalopes – Frankie Melton, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Carson Moniz, D, Amarillo Bulls – Ilya Skvortsov, F, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Cooper Zech, D, Odessa Jackalopes

 

Stars of the Week Week of September 26, 2016sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Josh Boyko - Brookings Blizzard

Josh Boyko

Brookings goalie Josh Boyko, 19, had quite the NAHL debut last week as he helped the Blizzard to a 3-0-1 record at the NAHL Showcase. The 5’11/170 lbs. netminder from Mississauga, ON, played in two games and faced a total of 95 shots and made 93 saves, allowing just two goals. He made 60 saves in a shootout loss to Amarillo on Wednesday and made 33 saves in a win over Corpus Christi on Friday. “We knew Josh is a gamer and he lived up to that this past week at the Showcase. He was consistent, solid and show a lot of poise in net,” said Brookings head coach Dan Daikawa.

2nd Star: Lucas Murray, G, Minot Minotauros

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cade Bordchardt, F, Brookings Blizzard – Zack Bross, F, Minot Minotauros – Camden Haugenoe, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Parker Mismash, F, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Dalton Hunter - Johnstown Tomahawks

Dalton Hunter

Johnstown forward Dalton Hunter, 19, had another big week, helping the Tomahawks to a 3-1 record at the NAHL Showcase. The 6’3/200 lbs native of Greensburg, PA, who turns 19 today, had six points in four games at the event. He has recorded a points in each of Johnstown’s six games to date and leads the club with nine points. “Dalton's start to our season has been fantastic. He followed up his strong opening weekend with an even better showing at the NAHL Showcase. He played big minutes for us and chipped in timely points to help our club have a pretty good week in Blaine. He is averaging a goal per game and over a point per game overall in the early part of the season.  I am very proud of the way he has pushed himself to take the next step in his play, and I am really looking forward to watching him continue to grow and help our team as our season progresses,” said Johnstown head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Marek Mitens, G, Aston Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Curtis Carlson, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Colt Hanks, G, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Shane McMahan, F, Aston Rebels

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Matt Denman - Minnesota Magicians

Matt Denman

Magicians defenseman Matt Denman, 18, helped his team to a 2-0-2 record at the NAHL Showcase and played well in all four games. The 6’0/175 lbs. native of Prior Lake, MN, totaled three points and was +1 in the four games. After playing for Prior Lake High School last season Denman spent the remainder of the season with the Magicians in 2015-16, recording five points in 14 games played. “Matt has had a great start to the season and performed very well at the Showcase. He has been great for us on the power play and is getting better every day,” said Magicians head coach Scott Meyer.

2nd Star: Joey Sofo, F, Coulee Region Chill

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Josh Bell, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Brennan Blaszczak, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Alex Falconer, F, Coulee Region Chill – Ryan Kero, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Luke Orysiuk, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Kosta Likourezos - Amarillo Bulls

Kosta Likourezos

Amarillo forward Kosta Likourezos, 19, has taken the NAHL by storm and this past week was a perfect example as he led his Bulls to a 3-0-1 record at the NAHL Showcase. The 6’0/174 lbs. native of Toronto, ON, had nine points in four games and was a +5 in the event. His 12 points currently leads all NAHL players in scoring. “Kosta was an impact player at the Showcase and showed he is going to be a great offensive talent in the NAHL. He continues to find the back of the net and is a pure goal scorer. He knows what a great product the NAHL is as a whole and that’s why he is here and ultimately we hope it results in an NCAA Division I commitment,” said Amarillo head coach Matt Nicholson.

2nd Star: Nikita Babintsev, G, Amarillo Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Erik Gordon, G, Lone Star Brahmas – Max Harper, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Andrew Hart, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Austin Kamer, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Evan Moyse, G, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Aleksi Poikola, F, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Brad Power, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Tomas Vomacka, G, Corpus Christi IceRays

 

Stars of the Week Week of September 19, 2016sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Jordan Fralich - Bismarck Bobcats

Jordan Fralich

The Bismarck Bobcats made a strong opening statement this past weekend, winning their lone game of the weekend, a 7-2 home win over Aberdeen in their season debut on Saturday night. Defenseman Jordan Fralich, 19, picked up three assists in the opening night win. The 5’10/185 lbs. native of Cottan, MN, played in 31 games for the Bobcats last season and recorded nine points. “Coming into a season with so many new faces and younger guys, we knew we would have to rely on our veterans to step up early, and Jordan is one of our returners who did just that on Saturday. With his puck possession and vision, we expect him to continue to be productive all season long,” said Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie.

2nd Star: Tobias Fladeby, F, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Carson Dimoff, F, Aberdeen Wings – Nick Olyczyk, F, Minnesota Wilderness

 

 

East Star of the Week: Andrew Jackson - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Andrew Jackson

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knight picked up their first win of the 2016-17 season this past weekend with a split against New Jersey. Forward Andrew Jackson, 18, had a big game on Saturday as the Knights beat the Titans 4-3 in overtime. The 6’2/195 lbs. native of Rochester, MI, had a hat-trick in the win, including the game-winner in overtime as he followed up his own rebound. “Andrew is a veteran member of our program. He stepped up in a big way for us in a big game. At the end of the day, it's great to see his hard work pay off. He got his first three NAHL goals and it helped us get our first win of the season,” said Knights head coach Tom Kowal.

2nd Star: Colt Hanks, G, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None

 

Midwest Star of the Week: CJ Boothe - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

CJ Boothe

The Fairbanks Ice Dogs picked up right where they left off in May when they were winning a Robertson Cup as they traveled to Topeka for a three-game set with the RoadRunners this past weekend. Fairbanks emerged three wins in the series and returning goalie CJ Boothe, 18, got the win in goal on Thursday and Friday. The 5’10/155 lbs. native of Delray Beach, FL, stopped 46 of 48 shots that came his way in the two games to lead the Ice Dogs to victory. “CJ had a strong start to the season and his great play was critical in Thursday's contest when he had a stale team playing in front of him,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart.

2nd Star: Brendan Skarda, F, Minnesota Magicians

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Devin Cooley, G, Springfield Jr. Blues – Hampus Eriksson, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Keegan Miller, F, Janesville Jets – Derek Schaedig, G, Janesville Jets – Christian Simeone, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

 

South Star of the Week: Ryan Burnett - Wichita Falls Wildcats

Ryan Burnett

Wichita Falls Wildcats forward Ryan Burnett, 19, had a big weekend as the Wildcats took five of a possible six points in a home series against the Corpus Christi IceRays. The 5’10/175 lbs. native of Brighton, MI, had seven points in the three games, which included four goals and three assists. His seven points and four goals currently leads all NAHL scorers as Wichita Falls is off to a 2-0-2 start in their first four games. “Ryan has a lot of speed and he gets in the dirty areas and has been rewarded for it. He has done a good job of getting himself into scoring position and understanding little things it is going to take to try and get to the NCAA Division I level. He is providing us with important leadership on a very young team,” said Wildcats head coach Tony Curtale.

2nd Star: Drake Glover, F, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cody Fleckenstein, D, Corpus Christi IceRays – Aleksi Poikola, F, Wichita Falls Wildcats – David Thompson, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Alec Truscott, F, Amarillo Bulls - Troy York, F, Lone Star Brahmas

 

Stars of the Week Week of September 12, 2016sponsored by Bauer

East Star of the Week: Dalton Hunter - Johnstown Tomahawks

Dalton Hunter

In the opening weekend of the NAHL season, the Johnstown Tomahawks vaulted themselves into 1st place in the East Division with two road wins against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. Tomahawks forward Dalton Hunter, 18, had a big weekend, scoring three goals in the weekend sweep. The 6’3/200 lbs. native of Greensburg, PA, had a goal in Friday’s 4-3 win and then two more goals in Saturday’s 6-4 win, including the game-winner. “It was a great way for us to start our regular season with two wins on the road. Both games were a good battle and Dalton was instrumental in our success. He scored our first goal on Friday night to start up a comeback, and then on Saturday he scored a tying goal in the 3rd period and then the eventual game-winner,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia. “The goals he scored were sights to see for sure. His whole line really could have factored into this award, but the magnitude and timing of his goals, along with his overall play was vital to our total success and I could not be happier for him and our team.”

2nd Star: Donovan Ott, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Joseph Campolieto, D, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Matt Kidney, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

 

South Star of the Week: Chase Thudium - Odessa Jackalopes

Chase Thudium

After making the playoffs last season and showing vast improvement, the Odessa Jackalopes took another step in the right direction with their season opener on Saturday night in Amarillo as they beat the Bulls 6-2 to get off to a good start for the 2016-17 season. New forward Chase Thudium, 20, played a big role in in the 6-2 win as he scored a goal, added two assists and was a +3 for the Jacks. The 5’10/175 lbs. forward from Sylvan Lake, AB played in the SJHL the past two seasons. “Saturday was a great first game for Chase,” said Jackalopes head coach Greg Gatto. “He is a part of our new look this season and provides some great veteran leadership and experience.”

2nd Star: Kosta Likourezos, F, Amarillo Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Seamus Donohue, D, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Jonny Hogue, G, Odessa Jackalopes – Ryan Orgel, D, Wichita Falls Wildcats

 
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